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Seo Jae-Eung Says Goodbye With Smile

Posted September. 28, 2003 23:21,   


All the 8 clubs to advance to the major league`s fall festival are now all decided.

The Chicago Cubs Milwaukee, where Choi Hee-seop is belonged to, consecutively won two straight games on Sunday against Pittsburgh by 4-2 and 7-2. Thus, the Cubs which now has a record of 88 wins and 73 losses could confirm its victory in the Central Division regardless of its one remaining match as the Huston (86 wins and 75 loses) defeated by the Milwaukee by 2-5 can not close the gap.

Its the first time since 1989 and 1932, respectively, for the Cubs to become the champion in the Central Division and celebrate its becoming the Central Division champion before their homeground.

So now, 8 teams will face a best-of-five division series, the first barrier before the playoff. So now matches of the American League wild card holders of New York Yankees vs Minnesota and Boston vs Oakland and the National League wild card holders of San Francisco vs Florida and Atlanta vs Cubs are awaiting us.

Particularly on this year`s division series, much of excitement is anticipated from Kim Byeong-hyeon (Boston), who will play for the three consecutives years for the post-season. Bong Jeong-keun (Atlanta) and Choi Hee-Seop, the Korean triumvirate of the Major League,

Although Kim had to encounter painful experience during the season when traded from Arizona to Boston and forced to step down from a starting pitcher returning as a closer, now much of his action from whom is now ranked the tenth best reliever with 9wins, 10 losses, 16saves with a 3.34 ERA is anticipated from October 2, starting with the match against the Oakland.

The Atlantas and Cubs will face each other from October 1, but it is still yet confirmed whether they can be listed as on the 25player roster.

In the meantime, Seo of the New York Mets who appeared yesterday against Florida, the last match of the season, completed the season with a successful conclusion, ending his rookie season with crowning glory.

Seo who stood on the mound for 6 innings led his team to a 9-3 victory with 5 hits and 2 runs (1 earned error). This was his first victory against Atlanta on September 27. With this, Seo finished the season with 9 wins, 12 losses and a 3.62 ERA.

Bong also appeared on a match against the Philadelphia at the 5th inning as a one point relief with two outs and two runners. Jimmy Rollins hit infield pop but handled out, yielding no score. Atlanta, however, lost the match by 6-7.

Hwan-Soo Zang zangpabo@donga.com